Federal Register Announcement: Social Security Ruling (SSR) 19-2pTitles II and XVI: Evaluating Cases Involving Obesity


On May 20, 2019, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced the passing of SSR 19-2p. The purpose of this SSR is to provide information on how SSA evaluates if a person has a medically determinable impairment of obesity and how that condition may affect a claim for disability benefits under Title II and Title XVI of the Social Security Act. [More]

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SSA Issues Final Regulations on Submission of Evidence


On Monday April 20, 2015, the Social Security Administration’s new final rules on the submission of evidence in disability claims will be in effect. The final rules amend the regulations on “Evidence of your impairment” (20 C.F.R. §§ 404.1512 and 416.912 and the “Rules of Conduct and standards of responsibility for representatives” (20 C.F.R. §§ 404.1740 and 416.1540).

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Transitional Aged Youth Need Supports to Achieve Self-Sufficiency


There is a population of youth in today’s foster care system who require specialized attention to guide them toward a path of self-sufficiency. These are known as Transitional Aged Youth (TAY) and by definition, include youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who are in transition from state custody or foster care. The successful integration of any TAY population into society requires support. According to some researchers, the typical youth is not expected to reach self-sufficiency until the age of 26 and receives, on average, $44,500 in parental support after age 18. So for youth in foster care, it is no wonder that this transition can be an exceedingly rocky one. This is due, to some degree, to the lack of a coordinated support system which would normally assist foster youth in the absence of parental figures. In general, foster youth in this age group are often at risk for homelessness, increased incidents of juvenile justice involvement, higher levels of unemployment, and a lack of post-secondary education. [More]

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SSA Collaborates with VA on New Expedited Disability Process for Veterans


Effective March 17, 2014, American veterans with a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation rating of 100% Permanent & Total (P&T) are eligible for expedited processing of their Social Security disability applications. [More]

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